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buildings that have collapsed, homes that have just fallen to pieces and entire hillsides that have given way. and in many cases, in those shanty towns where the hillsides gave way, people are inside that rubble. there's a lot of questions of how folks are going to be able to be rescued, digging out the dead. but in many cases, it would appear that folks that are buried in that rubble may be in their graves already. there are just not enough hands and not enough people here who can get through that rubble. we did see one hopeful sign at a school yesterday. there was some mechanical equipment there, a crane that was gingerly removing some of the concrete there, hopefully to get some of the people who may have survived and could still be alive inside that rubble. matt, there was a trauma surgeon who flew in here yesterday from miami jackson hospital, and he said if they're alive, they can survive. we've got about a 48-hour window here. >> obviously, a lot of people
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praying for the people of haiti and port-au-prince this morning. kerry sanders, thank you very much. i want to mention, to learn more about how you can help the earthquake victims, please head to our website. that, of course, is todayshow.com. it's now ten minutes after the hour. for more, here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. secretary of state hillary clinton cut short a planned overseas trip to deal with the crisis. madam secretary, good morning to you. >> good morning, meredith. >> you called the devastation in haiti biblical, and certainly, the pictures that we're seeing from there bear that out. this morning, what reports, if any, are you getting about the loss of life there and the extent of the damage? >> well, this calamity has affected 3 million people. it has caused the collapse of tens of thousands of buildings. we know that there will be tens of thousands of casualties. we don't have any exact numbers now. i'm very proud of the u.s. government response. the president ordered a swift,
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coordinated, aggressive effort. we've got the airport open, thanks to the u.s. military. we've got our civilian search-and-rescue teams on the ground, thanks to usaid and fema. we are doing all we can to figure out how best to attack the devastation all around, and this is going to be a long-term effort. we have the immediate crisis of trying to save those lives that can be saved, to deal with the injured and the dead, to try to provide food, water, medical supplies, some semblance of shelter, and then to work with our haitian partners, the government of haiti, ngos, others to begin the rebuilding process. >> you mentioned the government of haiti. right now we know that many government buildings were badly damaged or destroyed, including the presidential palace and parliament. the president is safe, but there are legislators and ministers who are still among the missing. is the government effectively up
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and running at this point? is there someone in charge and are you concerned about that? >> well, the president, thankfully, is safe. he has nowhere to live. his home was in the palace. he is working closely with those members of his government that can be located and communicated with. we have brought in communications systems to try to create some means for the government to function. we're going to be working closely with the government as well as with the united nations, which has equally been terribly affected by the loss of life and damage of their facilities, so that we can have authority, we can have government to coordinate the response. >> but we are hearing now, madam secretary, reports of looting and potential violence. what is the american government prepared to do to shore up security in haiti? >> well, thankfully, there already was on the ground about
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a 7,000-person peacekeeping mission from the united nations under brazilian general's command. the general was not in haiti at the time of the earthquake. the united states facilitated his return. he is now back in charge. the peacekeeping force known as minustah is out on the streets. they're clearing streets. they're bringing law and order. in a situation like this, where people are injured, where people are hungry, where people are disoriented, there is often the aftermath of looting and other violence. there hasn't been a lot of it until, perhaps, recently, but we're going to do everything we can with our resources, the 82nd airborne is getting to haiti today. the aircraft carrier "carl vincent" will be on the horizon soon. the coast guard has performed
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magnificently in helping to evacuate the injured, particularly american citizens. so, we have a full court press going on here at the president's direction. but this is -- i don't want to mislead anybody, this is a devastating catastrophe. and just to figure out what steps to take so we don't make the situation worse -- i mean, it's like, looking at these collapsed buildings, meredith, you know, you pull out one, you know, piece of wood, you may cause more damage than if you just let it stay there and went in a different way. this is incredibly complex work. we have some of the best people in the world from the united states down there and we're just going to do everything we can to be helpful. >> all right. secretary of state hillary clinton, we thank you so much. >> before we go, can i just say one last word? >> sure. >> i know there are many people watching who are worried about loved ones or family members. for information, please call 1-888-407-4747. and if you wish to help, you can text haiti, h-a-i-t-i, to 90999.
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we've collected about $3 million for the red cross, and i thank the generosity of the people of our country. >> secretary of state hillary clinton, thank you so much for your time, and we'll put those numbers on our website as well. >> great. thanks a lot, meredith. >> thank you. and now let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. natalie morales is in for ann at the news desk. good morning, nat. >> good morning to you, meredith. and good morning, everyone. nbc news has learned that president obama has asked former president george w. bush to join former president clinton to work together as joint envoys to help in the haiti disaster relief. this is similar to the role clinton took on with former president george h.w. bush after the 2004 tsunami. suspected u.s. missile strikes today in pakistan that killed at least 12 alleged militants in a compound that was once a religious school. it was the eighth such strike in two weeks. on wednesday, officials in pakistan complained to the u.s. that missile strikes could endanger relations between the two countries. and more testimony today
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before a special commission looking into the cause of the economic meltdown in the u.s. on wednesday, the panel heard from top bankers. nbc's kelly o'donnell joins us now with more from capitol hill. good morning, kelly. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. yes, they were four of wall street's biggest names who came here ready to say their banks were part of the problem, caused part of the mess, but are still concerned about how much any new rules should change. banks' ceos under oath and under new scrutiny. as washington confronted wall street wednesday -- >> people are angry. they have a right to be. >> reporter: -- top executives from bank of america, morgan stanley, jpmorgan chase and goldman sachs admitted some responsibility in the collapse, like risky mortgage deals -- >> we did eat our own cookie and we choked on it. >> reporter: but they acknowledge they were blindsided by the huge drop in the housing market. the execs put most of the blame on the other guys, like the investment firm lehman brothers that went under in 2008.
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but their banks survived and are back to making profits only after $700 billion in taxpayer bailouts. >> we've paid back 100% of those funds, $45 billion. >> reporter: by repaying taxpayers, banks avoid government limits on executive pay. >> i recommend to the board that i received no bonus in 2009. >> reporter: but that won't satisfy critics, as wall street rebounds with billions in profits. and bonuses are back for many employees, millions to be paid out in the next few weeks. and today, president obama's expected to announce a plan to recover about $90 billion from these banks over the next ten years by charging a new fee on the country's biggest financial institutions. natalie? >> kelly o'donnell on capitol hill covering this story for us. thank you, kelly. r&b legend teddy pendergrass died wednesday outside philadelphia after a battle with colon cancer. he spent the last 28 years in a wheelchair after suffering a spinal cord injury in a car accident, but he continued to
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sing. teddy pendergrass was 59. and the minnesota family away from home for a month found out the hard way the damage a burst water pipe can do in the freezing cold weather. much of their house, as you can see there now, encased in ice. their insurance company is assessing the damage. looks like a total loss to me. 7:18 right now. let's turn it back over to meredith and matt. bad situation for them. >> on this day of so much tragedy, just a quick note, teddy pendergrass -- harold melvin and the blue notes, and his solo career was -- a great musician. >> so young, too, 59 years old. >> sympathies to his
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>> good morning. the weather is comparatively quiet at home. cold start with temperatures in the 20's. we will make it into the mid 40's this afternoon. plenty of sunshine
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>> and matt and meredith, just beyond the french, the chinese where that red flag is, the chinese are there. and of course, they know firsthand the devastation of earthquakes. two years ago, of course, that massive earthquake in china. and they were the recipients of an international airlift and workforce. so, it really is truly the united nations here working to try to help the folks of haiti. guys? >> all right, al, thanks very much. >> thank you. >> supplies are going to come from all over the world. one of the problems i was reading overnight was that once these supplies get to the area, they're worried that, first of all, do they have the infrastructure to distribute those supplies. >> right. >> also, they're worried the desperate people will start to storm those convoys and that the supplies will not get to other people because there is a bit of chaos there right now. >> and al mentioned china. i was there for that earthquake, after the aftermath, and they're still recovering from that now.
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so, it's a very long haul. >> when you think about the numbers here, we're talking about -- the first lady of haiti says that about 3 million people have been impacted, so did hillary clinton. >> right. >> that's a third of the population of that country. >> exactly. >> and if the death toll gets up to somewhere near what some have estimated, it could be a quarter to an eighth of the population of port-au-prince. >> it's mind-boggling. >> it really is. al showed us the much-needed aid is coming in from fans, the aircraft from china behind that. it is arriving from all around the world or will be in the coming days, but the work there is just beginning, and the pictures tell a desperate story. >> absolutely the most horrific thing i've ever seen. >> there were thousands of people in the streets, and the wails and moaning and crying of people who were desperate was overwhelming, to be honest. >> it is hard to look out and see a building that has not been affected.
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churches, mansions or little corrugated shanties, it doesn't matt matter, everybody in the city has been hit. >> we have no hospital, no electricity, nothing. >> no food. >> no food, no water, nothing. >> the hospitals were full of wounded people, and some cases, you could just see that they will not have long to live. >> and we are going to have much more ahead from haiti and here in a moment, but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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still ahead, we're going to have more from al and ann live in haiti. >> and the story of a group of students from florida whose hotel collapsed. the whereabouts of some still unknown.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> morning. i am stan stovall. let's get a check on the morning commute with traffic pulse 11. >> looking at a very rough ride on southbound 795 out of the killings mills area, down to nine -- of the owings mills area, down to nine miles per hour. winans road on mcdonough and randallstown, closures due to an accident there. liberty is your alternate. another accident coming in to us from dulaney valley to the outer loop on the north side. charles is shut down at towson town in the towson area. a lot going on, including this
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crashed in rosedale. some delays in the area. the outer loop is the busiest spot. once you get from the 83's to 785, 13 minutes through that stretch. it is definitely a rough ride this morning. if you can, delay your departure if you can. here is not as bad as what we're seeing on the outer loop west side. let's get the latest on the weather. >> the weather is comparatively quiet to the traffic department. we have clear skies right now. no precipitation. we are in the 20's. 25 at the top of the hour in rock hall. sunshine is warming up pretty quickly. we will make it to the mid 40's this afternoon.
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we will keep going on friday. we will get close to 50 degrees. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. traffic information. our next live
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it is 7:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 14th day of january 2010. you're looking at just some of the heart-wrenching images coming out of haiti today following tuesday's powerful earthquake. i'm matt lauer in new york alongside meredith vieira. and as you can see, the first wave of supplies, they started to arrive there in haiti. al's talked about an aircraft from france, one from china. but when you think about what the people there need, and it's basically everything -- food, water, medicine, shelter, clothing -- it could be weeks and months before their needs are met. >> i think secretary of state hillary clinton was so correct when she called this devastation biblical in nature. this is a country that is no stranger to disaster, manmade or natural. to have this happen after, i guess there were three hurricanes in 2008. >> right. >> they were just recovering
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from them. in a moment, we're going to talk to an american family whose daughter was on a school trip to haiti when the quake hit, and some of her friends are among the missing there. but first, let's check in with ann and al who are in port-au-prince. guys, good morning to you once again. >> reporter: good morning to you once again. we actually have some good news to report, and that is because these planes are actually able to arrive this morning since daybreak, because there's been a new communications system -- >> yes. >> you're going to be talking more about that in a moment. but what it means is that all of these planes that are gearing up today to arrive will probably have a way to land here, because yesterday it was very, very difficult. we saw the first one yesterday afternoon. >> all the pilots basically had to communicate with each other plane to plane and set themselves up along the tarmac, and literally -- i witnessed from -- iceland air was already parked. a cargo plane from canada came in and their wings literally passed about three feet under each other. so, it was a real touch-and-go
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operation here all day. >> reporter: so, today, i think brian, brian williams actually said it correctly, this is going to be one of the busiest airports in the region very shortly today. and also, there is also some other good news, and that is with this airport working, that means that americans and others who want to get out can get out. i personally experienced going to the gates and noticing that many, many people are trying to get out of haiti because they're not getting what they need yet here, including people who are wounded have not had their wounds administered to. matt and meredith. >> you mentioned, i was going to say, the other thing we take for granted, the runway is intact. >> right. >> you think about how that earth shook for those 40 seconds and that that runway's intact allowing those airplanes to get there and now the communications system very important. al, i know you had a chance to talk to some of the relief workers. >> yeah, we did, matt, and one of the things they were grateful for was the fact that the weather has been cooperating. but as you mentioned, this runway being intact is really a godsend, because for the next
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short while, this airport is going to be the epicenter of the relief effort here in haiti. little recovery can take place in port-au-prince without a fully functioning airport. wednesday afternoon, american special forces arrived, taking command. how are you going to get this airfield up and running? >> well, we brought in the first elements that would open a base that's in need of it. we brought in an airfield management and an airfield clearing and control team. those guys are running the field right now. they're getting the calls inbound and approving landings. >> literally, you have people out on the field with radios. >> we do. we do. >> in contact with incoming flights. >> yeah, because there's no communication right now with the tower here. so, they're running the field. they're in control of the field with the aircraft that are inbound. >> reporter: earlier wednesday, americans with the interamerican development bank of haiti fled to safer ground on one of the few flights to make it out.
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recognizing they're lucky to simply survive. among them, one injured. what happened? >> we were in our office at about 5:00 conducting our regular business, had a very large earthquake. everyone managed to get out of the building safely. it was a lot of damage to our building and to many of the buildings around. we're probably one of the lucky ones because the buildings on both sides of us were collapsed. >> you only had one injury? >> one small injury, yeah. one of our specialists had a leg injury. >> reporter: while these americans made their way out, relief workers from around the world made their way in. what are you guys going to be doing? >> first and foremost, we're going to try to search for people which are buried in the rubble and then we're going to rescue them. and if we can, then we will try to care for them as much as we can. >> what did you guys bring with you? i see several bicycles, duffel bags, water. tell me, what else did you bring? >> we brought in all kinds of equipment like power saws, breaking equipment, cameras,
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listening devices, food, water. so, we can be sufficient for seven to ten days. >> reporter: help also came from canada. these soldiers from ontario spent the day unboarding supplies as they ended the day boarding canadian citizens desperate to get home, 100 in total. when you talk to some of the people that you've rescued, what have they been telling you? >> some of the stories you told me were just mind-boggling, like very sad, very emotional, from what they say. but they're very glad to be out of here. >> reporter: american special forces say relief is here and this is just the beginning. >> we're prepared to be here as long as we need to. we are an initial force. it's going to be a long effort as all sorts of folks are trying to help out this cause. >> and in fact, ann, that's -- every group that i spoke with, that was the recurring theme, that they're going to be here as long as it takes. this is not going to be a hit it and quit it. they are going to be here for the duration. >> because it's going to take a long time, to be honest with
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you, based on what we're seeing here on the ground. meantime, i think you want to give us a check of the weather. that's right. it's warm here and it's starting to warm up quickly as this sun rises. the good news is, we're starting to see a warm-up across much of the country. finally, we're seeing normal to above-normal temperatures, especially through the ohio river valley on into the mississippi river valley, tennessee river valley. we're seeing temperatures warming up anywhere 10 to 15 degrees above normal, and that's good news >> things will be quiet on this thursday. after a cold start, it will warm up nicely. temperatures climb into the mid- 40s. 40s.
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>> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. and ann, we'll check in with you in just a little while. 12 students and 2 faculty members from lynn university, a small liberal arts college in boca raton, florida, had just traveled to port-au-prince as part of a january term program. this morning, seven of the students are reported to be safe, including 21-year-old julie prudome. her parents, jody and steve, are joining us now. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, matt. >> good morning, matt. how are you? >> fine, thank you. as parents, the most important question is how did you find out julie was safe? >> we read an e-mail last night after a phone call from the university stating one sentence -- "i am okay" and we were overjoyed. >> steve, there had to be some agonizing moments, because i understand that after you heard about the earthquake, then there was a period of time you heard
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nothing, and then there was a period where some of the other students that were there as part of the program were able to send some e-mails or text messages, but nothing from julie. >> correct. >> apparently, one girl was able to send a text to someone in the united states, and julie was with that girl. and so, we did have initial confirmation around 7:00 p.m. the first night of the earthquake, tuesday night, that she was okay, but of course, you don't know what happens, the aftershocks and everything else. it was extremely anxiety-producing. >> steve, tell me a little bit about why she was there. what was this program? >> well, she's with food for the poor, and she was over there trying to make water irrigation systems to help better the water system over there. >> i mentioned there are 12 students and 2 faculty members. we have reports that seven of the students are okay. any way you're finding out, either through the school or through any of the hotlines, what the status is on those other students?
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>> lynn university, i cannot overemphasize how wonderful they've been. they have kept us up to date from day one, called us every step of the way, had a rescue team in place immediately, sent someone over there. they've been posting updates on their website, which we've been checking, and they have been absolutely wonderful advising us every single minute of what's going on. and we don't have any further word as of 10:00 last night, but we expect to hear again this morning an update, and we hope for good news for the rest of the team. >> you've got this one line -- >> the worst -- >> go ahead, steve. sorry. >> the worst part is not having any communication with them. >> right. >> so, we don't know where she is, how she is, where she's going, what's her plan. if we could just, you know, talk to her, that would be great. >> well, in that one line, you know, "i'm okay" -- >> "i'm okay." >> is she the type of person who would tell you i have an injury or would she not have wanted to worry you in that way? >> i think she would have told us. i think there was so many people there just trying to get one
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sentence out. that's all we care about. "i'm okay" said it all. we didn't need the rest of it yet. we'll get that in good time and we hope very soon when she gets air-lifted out of haiti and into dominican republic. >> i know your thoughts and our thoughts, as well, are with the students that have not been heard from as well. >> exactly. we understand the anguish. >> yeah, that's right, and -- >> we got the good news and we hope that the rest of the families get the good news that we have. >> and while you're happy she's okay, i'm sure -- you should be very proud of the reason she was there in the first place, and i appreciate you talking to us this morning. >> absolutely. thank you very much. >> okay. well, thank you for having us. >> all right. up next, the latest on the american missionary we told you about on wednesday who was found alive in the rubble. we'll tell you how she's doing right after this.
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we are back now at 7:43 on a special edition of "today" as the search for survivors of the magnitude 7 earthquake that has left much of haiti in ruins continues. >> we want to update you now on two stories of survival that we first told you about on wednesday. an american woman who runs an orphanage near port-au-prince and the american missionary pulled safely from the rubble hours after the quake hit. >> they wanted to send the word that they are okay. >> clay cook says his daughter's rescue was nothing short of a miracle. jillian thorp, pulled from under piles of debris in port-au-prince. >> they couldn't see her face. they could see one hand waving
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and they were able to talk. and with a little bit more digging, frank, actually, literally lifted her out of the wreckage. >> jillian and her husband, frank, were in haiti working as missionaries. when the earthquake hit, jillian was trapped for ten hours and called the u.s. for help before her cell phone batteries died. her husband, frank, drove eight hours to reach her. he spoke to us wednesday on "today." >> they dug a hole through the concrete ceiling of this house where they were caught, and we went in, and i pulled her out. it was such a relief to get her out. it was an extremely emotional time. >> also on wednesday on "today," we told you the story of the god's littlest angels orphanage. laurie bickel and her mother, dixie, care for more than 100 orpha orphans. >> all of the children are doing great. nobody was injured here. everyone is fairing well. >> once laurie knew they were safe, she went out and took these photos of the devastation. >> the amount of damage that is done is absolutely catastrophic.
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what buildings have not collapsed, you see huge cracks in them. people are just sitting in parks. they're scared to go home or their homes have been destroyed. you get to the playground area and the kids are just playing. they're enjoying today. they were enjoying that moment. and that's how the haitian people are. in the face of all of this, they've been singing and just praising god that they survived and that they are here. and they will get through this. >> dixie bickel told us yesterday that she's worried, obviously, that you know, here she runs an orphanage, and the irony is there are going to be a lot more orphans created because of this catastrophe. >> on the other hand, she speaks to just the strength of these people, you know, and their religious conviction as well, which is helping them get through this, and they'll need that in the days and weeks ahead. >> and back to jillian thorp, the young american pulled from the rubble after the quake, she
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and her husband, frank, who by the way, used to be an intern here at nbc news, have now made their way to the dominican republic. they hope to return home some time today. we'll keep our fingers crossed on that. we're back in a moment.
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we are back at 7:49. many americans who have loved ones in haiti are anxiously awaiting word. last july, kendra and brent schlembaker adopted an 8-year-old girl and 6-year-old brother from an orphanage in port-au-prince, but because of problems with paperwork, the children have not yet been able to leave haiti. kendra and brent are here with us now. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> kendra, if i could start with you, the children that you've adopted from haiti are jenica, who is 8, and her brother, javinski, who is 6. they are not with you at this point because of a delay with paperwork, as i just said. so, what went through your mind
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when you heard about this earthquake? >> well, fear and very, just a lot of turmoil, not knowing if they were okay. they were so close to the palace that had crumbled that we were very worried about their safety. >> but i understand you realized, given the time the quake actually hit haiti, that they were probably not inside the orphanage, is that right? >> that's what we were hoping for. i was just down there in december, and they're very rigid on their schedules. and so, when the quake hit at 4:30, everybody should have still been outside with all the handicapped children. so, that's what we were praying for. >> brent, the communication with haiti is almost nonexistent, so how did you hear that the kids were okay? >> we got a phone call from one of our friends from church who got an e-mail from a gentleman that was on a mission trip down there, and he just happened to be staying at the orphanage when
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the earthquake hit. and some time yesterday, he was able to leave the orphanage and get out to an area where he got cell service, or somehow he got word to somebody in the states and an e-mail went around saying that everybody in the orphanage was okay. >> and was the orphanage, the structure still intact? >> no. what the e-mail said -- it was real general, but it said everybody was okay. they lost a part of the church that's in the compound, and the compound's surrounded by about 12-foot concrete walls. and so, most of the walls had crumbled down. but other than that, everything else was okay. >> kendra, we mentioned that there was a paperwork delay that was keeping you from bringing the children home. you have officially adopted them. so, what happens next? are you going to head to haiti? >> well, at this time, we'd love to just get on a flight and head down there and see for our self that they're okay, but we're
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trying to work with the government. the children are legally ours and i have copies of all the paperwork stating that. so, at this time, we're working with congressman rick larson and his aide and hoping that maybe the right people in government will see our paperwork and help us get passports and visas for the kids to get them out of the country, because that's all that we're needing. and that way, we can get them home. >> yeah, you already have two biological children, as well, carson and austin, that are waiting to see their brother and sister. what do these two little children mean to you? >> they're part of our family. they have been for three years. so, we talk about them like they already live with us. they're very much involved in our family. everybody -- we come from a large family, so everybody talks about them like they already are living here. so, to have them here would just be amazing. and to actually get them out of there -- >> kendra, we're going to have to go. thank you, kendra and brett, so
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much.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> hi, everybody. i am stan stovall but we want to get a check on the morning commute. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> we have several accidents to get to. eastbound winans is shut down and mcdonnell, due to a blockage in the eastbound direction. take liberty as your alternate. reisterstown road, getting reports of an accident there. fortunately, the one at the beltway has been cleared, but a lot of congestion on the west side outer loop. shut down at towson town, so watch for those closures. on the outer loop of providence, that one is gone, but we still have one on the ramp to dulaney valley on the outer loop. another accident at roseville at golden ring and kenwood 10 miles
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per hour on the outer loop. 22 on southbound 95 coming out of the northeast. it will take 24 minutes to get from this stretch from 95 to 83's. 31 minutes all the way on the west side from 795 to 95. very congested here. we switched to a life to what is going on on i-70. >> things are pretty quiet in the weather department. we of clear skies, cold temperatures. turning and out to be a nice afternoon, though. at 25 degrees in rock hall. forecast today is mostly sunny skies. pleasant this afternoon. i temperature of around 45 degrees. we will push the highs to or route 50. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic
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8:00 now on this thursday morning, january 14th, 2010. a little warmer than it has been here in manhattan in some time. we may even approach 40 degrees, if you can believe it, today. we're going to step outside to say hello to our friends on the plaza in just a bit. i'm meredith vieira along with matt lauer. and just ahead this half hour, more on the devastation in haiti and the massive humanitarian effort under way to assist the countless victims of tuesday's powerful earthquake. we're going to head to port-au-prince and check in with ann and al in just a moment. also ahead this morning, we're going to talk about a baffling medical mystery. we're going to introduce you to a woman that began experiencing unexplained health problems back at the age of 15. that eventually caused her jaw to clinch so tight, she couldn't eat solid food. eight years later, the search for answers continues. she is with us to share her story. plus, we all know teenagers love video games. coming up, the 17-year-old tells us how he turned that love into
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a creative way to lose weight. he lost 150 pounds in a year and a half. all right, but let's begin this thursday morning with the latest out of haiti. ann and al are in port-au-prince. guys, good morning. what else can you tell us? >> good morning once again, matt. well, we want to bring you up to date just a little bit for anybody that didn't hear this morning. there was a lot of clarification that still needs to be had in terms of the number of people who have been killed or injured in this disaster. basically, what we think is, based on what we've heard from one senator, is that the number of deaths could be in the hundreds of thousands. one senator actually put the number at possibly at 500,000, but there are others who have suggested it may be more in the tens of thousands. so, those numbers are still coming in. as you can hear, there's a lot of activity now building on this runway. you're hearing a plane that has arrived from cuba with -- we've been told that cuba decided to send some 70 doctors. there's a plane here from cuba. we also saw united nations hard hats. earlier, we reported about the
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french plane and also the chinese plane here. so, there's a lot of aid now arriving, expected to step up. however, the major problem, matt, is going to be getting this gear, the food, the supplies and these people, out of this airport, because there are road blocks. i mean, the road basically is covered with debris. and also with abandoned cars, people having left them during the earthquake. so, it's a real problem. >> plus, the infrastructure of just getting all this material out. we haven't seen the influx yet of heavy equipment because, of course, people have been doing this by hand, trying to move the rubble and getting people out. but at least the good news is special forces, air force special forces, have taken control of this runway. because yesterday, as we saw, it was just pilots speaking plane to plane trying to get in here. finally, air force special forces have taken the control of the runway and thereby vectoring flights in here. >> and that means that today is going to be a very, very busy day on this runway, at this airport in port-au-prince.
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now back to you. >> ann, we have heard of some 40 massive aftershocks after this earthquake. have you felt any of those? >> we all certainly felt a pretty major one yesterday. the bottom line on the aftershocks is that the good news is they have gotten weaker and weaker pretty consistently since the major earthquake, which was a 7. but boy, when you feel it, you can really feel them. >> yeah, we had one this morning at about 3:15, and it was like a heavy truck was driving by, and it lasts for about five seconds, and it was -- you realized, you feel like the ground is almost hollow. so, it's really unsettling. >> that's right. you can hear -- the noise, by the way, is one of these planes taking off. i think we're going to hear a lot of that today. >> that's right, and then we've got another u.s. cargo plane taking -- an air force cargo plane taking off. so, this is going to be -- this airport is going to really ramp up with activity in the next couple of hours, guys.
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>> all right. we will be checking back in with you from time to time. we thank you very much for your reports. by the way, to learn more about how you can help the victims of this earthquake, please head to our website, todayshow.com. >> and now let's get a check of the rest of the morning's headlines. natalie morales is standing by at the news desk. hey, nat. >> good morning, meredith and matt. and good morning to you. while haitians wait for help to reach them, there is growing concern in the u.s. about the tragedy in that country, and vigils were held last night with candles lit outside haiti's embassy in washington, d.c., and a special service took place at st. patrick's cathedral in new york. president obama has asked former president george w. bush to join former president clinton to work together as joint envoys to help in the haiti disaster relief. officials in northwest pakistan said a u.s. drone fired two missiles at an insurgent compound today, killing at least 12 militants. it was the eighth such attack in two weeks. overseas markets are mostly higher this morning. cnbc's melissa francis is at the new york stock exchange. melissa, what are you watching
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there? >> well, we're watching president obama, who's expected to announce a tax on the largest banks today. the goal is to raise $120 billion to cover potential losses from t.a.r.p. loans to auto companies like gm and also aig, so the banks that already paid back the money will be taxed to pay back the money for other companies. also, we're watching a lot of data today -- weekly jobless claims, retail sales and business inventory's also out. natalie, back to you. >> melissa francis at the new york stock exchange, thanks. an arizona mother who won't talk to police about her missing infant has apparently opened up to a woman who police believe may be connected to the case. nbc's miguel almaguer reports. >> reporter: in a jailhouse conversation, elizabeth johnson reportedly says her 8-month-old baby, gabriel, is in good hands with a san antonio couple she met in a texas motel just after christmas. >> she's not concerned at all that this family would hurt the child, that they wanted him so desperately. >> reporter: johnson, who won't talk to police, apparently shared details with tammi smith
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in a jailhouse visitors meeting. >> she says that they did not give her any money. >> reporter: but smith and her husband, jack, who are persons of interest in the missing child case, have a complicated relationship with johnson. after trying to adopt gabriel themselves, the smiths say johnson decided instead to drive to texas and hand the baby over to the other couple, virtual strangers. police say the smiths are holding back information, but for now, they're among the few people elizabeth will talk to. >> according to elizabeth, these people are going to try to hide this baby. according to her, they are trying to hide this baby because they believe that in a few years, nobody will notice who this baby is. >> reporter: johnson is facing three felonies, including kidnapping. according to smith, she can't identify the couple and now regrets the decision to give away little gabriel. this as police scour the country looking for the baby. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles.
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>> it is 8:07 right now. you're up to date, and now let's get another check of the weather. ann and al, as you know, are in port-au-prince, haiti. guys? >> that's right, and it's warming up here preeshably. last night, though, surprisingly cool. >> that's right. we had to bundle up inside our sleeping bags to get warm. by the way, it will be getting hot. >> yes, 89 to 90 degrees the next few days, but no rain, which would complicate very delicate problems, of conscious, course, in the rubble. let's show you what's happening so far. there you can see your pick city of the day. again, all in all, not a bad one. as we look at today, we're expecting plenty of sunshine along the eastern seaboard, heavy rain down in texas. we've got a big storm coming into the pacific northwest, rain in northern california, on into the pacific northwest, where they may pick up one to two inches of rain. tomorrow that rain down in texas continues, moves east a bit. we are looking for more of a widespread area in the pacific northwest. and again, temperatures -- the good news
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>> good morning. after a cold start, it turns out to be a nice afternoon. plenty of sunshine today, and temperatures to climb into the mid-40s, with >> and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you. we'll have more from you and ann coming up. but up next, a woman who is a walking medical mystery, suffering from an unexplained illness that's plagued her for eight long years. she will share her story right after this. with my boys, ing down and i'm like, "oh, promise mommy you'll never ever pick up a cigarette." and brian looked at me at eight years old and said,
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we're back at 8:12, and this morning we're kicking off a new series, "today's medical mysteries," medical cases so rare and complex, experts don't even have names for them. dr. nancy snyderman is nbc's chief medical editor. nancy, good morning to you. >> hi, matt. it's tough when patients don't
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meet the estimates box, so the national institutes of help has a program accepting only the toughest, most unique cases, that in the hopes of diagnosing and treating real-life medical mysteries. it could be a plot for the hit tv show "house." >> dr. house, you have a patient. >> a mysterious growth appears on a young woman's jaw and lungs, triggering years of plain and unexplained health problems. but at the nih's undiagnosed diseases program, it's science, not fiction. here, experts, researchers and technicians team up to solve medical mysteries. >> the patients that we see have been through the mill. they've been through the medical system and haven't been able to get an answer. >> reporter: kelly gladzinski has spent eight years waiting for an answer. >> every doctor i've been to has just been puzzled, and it's hard knowing that there's not really a set treatment for what i have. >> reporter: as a teenager, a tiny sore in her mouth grew so
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big that her jaw clinched shut. that was just the beginning. mysterious lumps in kelly's lungs, fluid on her heart, her kidneys started to break down. kelly's doctors in louisiana kept her alive with steroids and morphine while they puzzled over the clues. >> she was seen by a bloodm pulmonologist, cardiologist, infectious disease and hematologist and oncologist. nobody had a diagnosis what disease she had. >> reporter: making her a perfect candidate for the medical detectives at the nih. >> i don't have insurance. we don't have the money that, you know, travel the world to find all the best doctors. so, when i found out that someone was actually interested in finding out, like, what's wrong with me, i was just -- i was just so happy. >> all set? >> mm-hmm. >> okay. >> reporter: they admit three to four patients per week and pays for everyone. >> diagnosis may be helpful in terms of knowing how to treat that patient sort of over the
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long term and over the short term. >> reporter: this is kelly's second visit to the nih. her husband and twin sister kimberly are by her side for a battery of tests. there's an mri and an endoscopy, yet no diagnosis. >> i don't think this is the last time you'll get to look at our faces more. >> i like y'all. >> reporter: they removed cells from her jaw for analysis. after one more week, it's time to say good-bye for now. >> you're going to be able to go home without so much pain. that gives us little bit of breathing room, some time to figure out what to do to try to treat this growth. >> reporter: months later, kelly's doctors are still on the case. the detective work continues and a new treatment is prescribed for kelly in hopes that it adds new pieces to the puzzle. >> it would be nice to have a diagnosis, but i don't know. there probably won't be one, but just to know there's something that could actually help it would be great. >> since its creation in 2008, the undiagnosed diseases program has diagnosed about 10% of the
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140 patients it has admitted. matt, it's a beginning. >> yeah, it really is. nancy, thank you very much. kelly is with us along with her husband chris. nice to have you both here. >> thank you. >> how are you feeling? >> pretty good today. today's a good day. >> still on steroids, morphine, things like that? >> yes. yes. >> you went back to the nih, i think it was last month, and they gave you a drug that's normally used for ruth toid arthritis, lupus and malaria. it's early, but are you starting to see some benefits from that drug? >> not so far, but they said it could take a couple weeks, a couple of months to know if it's actually going to do anything. they plan on having me back in march and they're going to do some reimaging and hopefully, find a positive response. >> young lady, you've been through a lot. i just want to go through some of your symptoms. inflammation in your heart, mysterious criysts in your jaw. you had to plan your wedding to chris from a hospital bed. and still, they can't come up with a name or a diagnosis. how frustrating is that? >> it's very, very frustrating.
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i mean, people ask me every day, you know, what's wrong with you, what do you have? and i don't have an answer. i tell them, well, it's undiagnosed. and they, "well, what do they call it?" and i'm like, i don't know. they don't have anything to call it. >> and nancy, we assume -- medicine has come so far. we just assume they could figure anything out. "house," that show we talk about, they figure it out by the end of the episode, and here you can't figure it out. >> no, look, not everything fits into a neat package, and that's what's frustrating for a patient and just as frustrating for physicians. but sometimes mother nature has sort of a different plan and things, constellation of symptoms don't fall into one package, which is why they have 25 doctors, they have the resources of people around the globe. there will be someone else out there like this and they'll start to put the pieces together. >> they started experimental treatment with kelly. >> right. >> and yet, they still don't have a diagnosis. so, is the diagnosis even all that important? >> well, it is, because you want to say i've seen this before and
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you want to start linking cases around the world. but when a patient has real symptoms, sometimes doctors are better off to treat the symptoms and wait for the diagnosis to come secondarily. it's frustrating for everybody. >> chris, watching your wife go through this, you must want some sort of definitive answers. >> yeah. >> and they aren't coming. >> no. >> and he married her knowing she had already been diagnosed of something. >> right. >> there aren't a lot of guys who would do that. >> and what stuck out to me here, kelly, is your twin city, kimberly, has none of these same -- >> none of it. >> none of it at all, and she's been tested. >> perfectly healthy, mm-hmm. >> you said you're going back to nih in march? >> yes. >> did they tell you what to expect? >> like i said, they're just going to re-image. they did a lot of kind of before imaging -- >> right, comparisons? >> so they're going to compare it to my previous scans and hopefully find a positive response. >> real quickly, i know they kind of forced your jaw open. are you able to eat solid foods now? >> i shove whatever i can fit in. i can only open this wide. it's been that way for months.
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so, just -- >> we hope everything works out. kelly, thanks. >> thank you. >> chris, thank you. >> we'll stay on this as they continue to unravel the mystery. >> progress reports. nancy, thanks. tomorrow, a woman who came down with a sudden illness that caused her to lose her mind for a month. up next, the latest on conan o'brien, jay leno and the late-night shake-up in the works at nbc. there we go. ( phone rings, laughter ) ♪ ( phone rings ) victory starts now. with the special k challenge, you can lose up to 6 pounds... in 2 weeks. now with so many delicious ways to be victorious. lose up to 6 pounds in 2 weeks. join us at specialk.com. there's new robitussin® to go. in a neat little single dose spoon. liquid medicine already dissolved ready for your body to take in. new robitussin® to go. pure robitussin® relief... to go.
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really took the gloves off. nbc's lee cowan has the story. >> conan o'brien! >> reporter: for the moment, nbc executives are at the mercy of the comedian that they helped create. >> this according to a "tv guide" poll, 83% of voters -- 83% want me to stay at 11:35. [ cheers and applause ] and here's the interesting part. here's the interesting part. when he heard this poll number, president obama asked, how can i get nbc to screw me over? that's why -- >> reporter: if his performance last night was any indication, nbc brass are in for a bruising couple of weeks. >> last night, the new season of "american idol" started on the fox network, and it was watched by an audience of 30 million people, yeah. yeah, when they heard that, nbc executives said, that's not true. there's no such thing as an audience of 30 million people. crazy.
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it can't be! >> reporter: his late-night audience is tuning in to watch the fun, giving conan and nbc some of their best numbers in weeks. >> you're having a good time sticking it to nbc, aren't you? >> reporter: nothing, it seems, is off limits, not even nbc's coverage of the winter olympics. conan had a few suggestions. >> replace the flags on the giant slalom course with breached nbc contracts. reserve the right to cancel ski jumps mid-jump. move the bronze up to gold's place, silver stays where it is and add a new medal for fourth place called the nbc. >> reporter: but the zinger of the night was reserved not for nbc, but for the man he was supposed to replace. >> hosting "the tonight show" has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me, and i just want to say to the kids out there watching, you can do anything you want in life, yeah, yeah, unless jay leno wants to do it, too.
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>> reporter: that one landed hard. for his part, though, jay leno was a bit more tame about his impending departure. >> and conan said nbc had only given him seven months to make the show work. when i heard that. seven months? how did he get that deal? we only got four, geez! >> reporter: but viewers seemed to view conan as the underdog in this fight. how long can he keep it up? >> and here's a fun fact -- nbc's spent more time building this studio than using it. >> reporter: he's betting the jokes will last longer than nbc's sense of humor holds out. for "today," lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> what do you want to say? you go first. >> no, i have bills to pay. >> you know what's sad? they're all great guys. they really are. jay's great and conan's great, you're great. >> it's gotten mess
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check of the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> not to be out there. lots of accidents. the latest at old court and the patapsco valley park. very icy in that area. watch for icy spots and delays. eastbound winans is still shut down at mcdonald. eastbound liberty as your alternate. once you get on to the beltway, this delay scourges olive greens bring to the outer loop. -- some coaches all the way from greenspring to the outer loop. towsontown, the accident is now clear. brokenland parkway, and eastbound 100 at coca-cola drive.
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a very hefty allies -- a very hefty delays on the outer loop. 29-minute ride on the west side stretch. let's give you a live view of traffic on the north side. that is the pace of things. earlier accident at providence and dulaney valley. switching to a live view of quarantine road, a bit of the delay. the two-lane traffic pattern on the inner loop. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> things are quiet in the weather department. it is clear and cold things will warm up nicely this afternoon. 24 at the airport. 70 -- 27 degrees at roll call. temperatures will be pushed into the mid 40's this afternoon. we will warm-up tomorrow and get close to 50 degrees on friday. cold rain on sunday afternoon. >> we will have another update at 8:55.
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♪ we're back now, 8:30 on a thursday morning. it's the 14th day of january 2010. we've got a nice group of people out on the plaza this morning, and we haven't had a chance to come out and say hi to them because of the news of the day, that obviously, the tragic news out of haiti, but we decided to come out and say hi at this moment. folks, how are you doing? good to have you here. out on the plaza -- >> did you notice this sign, "my sister made me come"? >> it's terrible, isn't it? >> yeah. >> my sister made me come to work this morning. out on the plaza, i'm matt lauer
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along with meredith vieira and natalie morales. what's coming up this half hour? by the way, happy birthday! lenny, do you know what birthday it is today? no. is it your birthday today? >> 27. >> and this guy turns 65. no, on this day 58 years ago, the "today" show was born. >> oh. >> that's right. so happy birthday to all of us. >> 58 years? >> what were you going to say? >> wow. finally something older than me on this show. i'm relieved. >> sometimes i feel like it's the first day. also ahead, we'll introduce you to a teenager who used to weigh close to 300 pounds until he found a way to use his love of video games to come up with a creative way to lose weight, and he is here to reveal his remarkable new look in just a moment. >> wow. amazing. >> do you know what a piard is? >> yes. >> is it a sword, you fall on -- no? >> a very thinly sliced pounded chicken? >> what is it? >> thinly pounded chicken or
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veal -- >> slice of meat of some kind. martha stewart knows what it is. >> there she is with the hammer. >> she's got the pounder out, so watch out. she's going to help us make it. you can make dinner in a flash. >> hang onto that pounder. we've seen you in action before. >> exactly. plus, pop sensation leona lewis is here to perform that golden globe nominated song from "avatar," beautiful, "i see you." she's going to be performing it live for us in a little bit. >> before we go any further, al roker has a check of the weather. he's down in port-au-prince, haiti this morning. good morning. good morning, guys. you're looking at a u.s. air force c-17 that just landed. we're not sure what's on it. brian williams went down to investigate to see exactly what this has on board. so, obviously, there's personnel and medical supplies and probably supplies as well, but we'll get more on that in just a little bit. let's check your weather as far as the week ahead is concerned. again, the good news is
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temperatures much more temper e temperate, more normal throughout the country. we are looking at wet weather as we head into the weekend on the west coast. down in the gulf coast we've got some wet weather on saturday. sunday, as you take a look, you'll see, again, a changeable situation. east coast looki >> things will be quiet on this thursday. after a cold start, it will warm up nicely. temperatures climb into the mid- 40s. 40s.
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and that's your latest weather. now let's head down to ft. myers, florida, and say hello to uncle willie. hey, willie. >> a good morning to you. what a fantastic job you all are doing. what a disaster, what a tragedy. i talked to the folks at jm smucker company and they're a wonderful family of employees, send their love and prayers to all the people down in haiti and everybody connected. what a -- i couldn't believe, you see television, the pictures, just horrible. god bless them. let's check some birthdays, some signs of positive note here, good life. olivia -- i love that name -- stens, marlborough, connecticut, 101 years old. loves animals. she adopts dogs and cats. i knew a lady who had 42 dogs at one time. remember that? anyway, happy birthday. she loves the phillies, by the way. living in connecticut? i don't know. and joseph gulotta, brick, new jersey. iri mcdermott who used to do the
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birthdays at nbc sent this in. retired postal worker. attributes longevity to a healthy lifestyle and never smoking and drinking. remember that. okay. and then we have gertrude geismar of ballwin, missouri. and swam in the senior olympics until her late 80s. happy birthday to you. hey, the sun's up, florida sunshine. right in my eyeball. ruth pelland of dothan, alabama, turns 100 years old today. drives two hours a week to see her family. still handles that vehicle. and bud goakes of vista, california, 100 years old. retired tailor. secret to longevity is having three martinis every night and making lots of love. woo! after three martinis? i don't think i could handle that. and bernard and edith wilkinson of colonial heights, virginia, next to richmond, 75 years. he's 96, she's 95 and she says
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unconditional love, that's the secret. that's all. now back to new york and here's meredith. >> willard, thank you very much. up next, martha stewart explains what the heck a piard is how it can make your life in the kitchen a lot easier.
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>> announcer: "martha on today" is brought you by macy's. the martha stewart collection is now available only at macy's and on macys.com. >> this morning on "martha on today," preparing paillards. martha, will you stop flipping that? i'm talking. >> oh. >> the term may sound extravagant, but it's a reliable technique that can help you get dinner on the table in a flash. martha stewart is here to tell you how easy it is with recipes from the january issue of "martha stewart living." hey, martha, good morning. >> there are great recipes in this issue, and the paillards i think are really, really good. >> paillard refers to a cut or a --
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>> a very thinly, a very thinly prepared slice of meat. it can be pork, it can be chicken, it can be veal, it can be lamb. you can do turkey. turkey paillard is delicious, and it's very dietetic, actually. >> do you buy them like that? >> i'm cutting this beautiful pork tenderloin, no fat on a bias cut like this. and then -- >> that's kind of a tiny little piece, but -- >> but look what happens when you pound it in between some plastic wrap. that helps a lot. >> okay. >> now, you can do the pounding. this was for meredith. i thought meredith was coming. this was for her. >> i'll use this one. >> use the flat side. >> how thin do we want to make it? >> that's the same size. i pounded it there and i'm putting this into the pan. it should cook in, oh, three or four minutes. >> so this is one of the major -- >> a little more elbow grease there. >> one of the major advantages is this is all going to cook up quick. >> yes. it cooks beautifully. and that is to me a beautifully
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cooked piece of pork. >> okay. you had grape seed oil in there. >> yeah. something with a high burning point, because you don't want a lot of smoke, you don't want a lot of burning. you want to do it quickly. really, look, as we're talking, it's cooking. you can put this on the plate. >> okay. >> and in the pan -- this is the same kind of pan -- >> i'm going to turn this down, do you mind? >> no. >> and we're going to blaze it a bit. >> ooh, look at this. a little bit of white wine. you want to cook up the little bit of foam in the bottom of the pan, a little bit of chicken stock. >> okay. >> and stir that up. this is the sauce. all paillards taste better with a little bit of sauce on them. >> what is that over there? >> so, that's just a tiny bit of sour cream. you don't use all of that. you just use a little bit. >> adds richness to the sauce? >> bring that to a boil. yep. now, see, these are already done. and you know, pork is beautiful. how many pieces do you want? >> i'll have one by myself. >> okay. >> and i'm sure the gang will be
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in here in a few minutes anyway. >> see how pretty that is? and this can just boil away a little bit, reduce it a bit. >> reduce it and add paprika? >> a little bit of paprika and a little bit of sour cream. oh, i love the smell. it smells really good. and there's the sour cream. >> this is the type of a sauce you would make for the pork. >> yes. >> would you make a much different -- we'll get to them in a second, but you'd make a different sauce with chicken or veal? >> well, i like chicken with just a little bit of a lemony sauce on it, little bit of stock and lemon juice and a little enrichment of butter at the last minute. >> is this supposed to be cooking that enthusiastically? >> sure. >> that doesn't matter? >> nothing's happening to it except it's reducing. what i would want to do is reduce that sauce. >> for how long would that take? >> oh, two or three minutes. i'm just turning it -- oh, had it up to 20. now, we have veal here, and the veal has mustard sauce with mushrooms and sherry and just reduced the same way. and we have chicken paillard with lemon butter sauce and some
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shallots cooked. now, doesn't that look good? >> it looks really good, fantastic. let's try this for a second. i'm trying to see if i can get a -- >> let me get you a little bit of the sauce on here. >> okay. i have no place to do it -- >> right here. put it right here. we don't want you turning your back to the camera. >> and you can get these recipes right in the january issue? >> issue, right. now, i think -- you can cut these paillards yourself, as i showed you. it's so easy to do. what do you think? tasty, huh? >> it's really good. it is really good. can you help me out, though? can you read what's coming up next? >> okay. while he has his mouth filled. what this teenager and his love of video games can teach you about losing weight, up next on the "today" show. >> first, this is "today" on nbc. >> but first, right.
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♪ take it off >> announcer: "take it off today" is brought to you by
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truvia natural sweetener. honestly sweet. this morning on "take it off today," a teenage weight loss success story. at 14, taylor lebaron weighed nearly 300 pounds, but thanks to his love of video games and a keen imagination, taylor came up with a way to track calories and work out that helped him shed half of his body weight. now 17, taylor has chronicled his journey in the new book "cutting myself in half: 150 pounds lost one byte at a time." taylor lebaron, good morning to you. >> good morning. i'm great, how are you? >> it's a great work and it chronicles your struggle with weight and your ability to lose it. you were a big baby. nine pounds, at least. >> yes, yes. >> and an overweight kid and an obese teenager. you write in the book the struggles you had emotionally and physically. because kids can be cruel to kids who have weight issues. is there one story in particular or one moment that stands out in your mind? >> there is. as a matter of fact, when i was
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in the sixth grade, i dropped a book in literature class. when i bent over to pick it up, one of my classmates pointed at me and said, "look, taylor has a double chin," and i just wanted to disappear. i mean, i still feel what i felt that day. >> you still, even after having lost the weight. >> i can still feel the just embarrassment of that moment and that stuck with me, almost six years later and i still remember that moment. >> what was it, taylor, what happened at the age of 14 that made you decide i can't live this way anymore? >> i stepped on a scale one day and the numbers flew up to 297 pounds. >> so, you had no idea you were that heavy? >> i had no idea. i was expecting something like 230, but 297 at 14 years old, and that was just incredible, and i knew i had to do something. it was a struggle for me to walk to my mailbox and back, and with the two of those things, i realized, you've got to do
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something. >> and you came up with such a novel idea and a great one. you loved video games, so you thought, how can i incorporate that love into a weight program? and you did it. you created something called "the ultimate fitness game," and it works sort of like a video game. >> exactly. it has the same aspects of a video game. in my book, i explain it in greater detail how to play it. >> can you explain simply how it works? >> well, you have enemies, you have allies and you have things -- money for me, and you need to be able to play smart. otherwise, you'll run out of your score. your score needs to stay high at the end of the day, and if you don't play smart, then you wind up having a low score or running out of money. >> and the money is really the calories. >> exactly, the caloric intake would be the money, but it makes it easier to keep track of and more fun and engaging when you can think of it in terms of physical objects, tangible. >> you also made a decision that it was important to set reasonable goals rathen set yourself up for failure, which is often what happens with diets.
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>> exactly. a diet is a temporary fix. you want to be able to change your lifestyle. and when it comes to losing weight, if you say one day i want to lose 100 pounds in the next three months, well, that's not going to happen. you have to set it in bite-sized goals that are achievable, such as i'm going to lose five pounds this month. that is something that's slow, steady and achievable. and when you can achieve that, then you feel great. you've met a goal. >> and in the ten seconds we have left, advice you would give to kids who mightant to lose weight but are nervous about it and afraid of all the obstacles in front of them? >> i think you guys should not be afraid at all. you can do it because everybody has their own individuality and their own spark, and even though you might not be able to see it underneath the weight, you've got it. >> and i also have to mention that you will be one of those carrying the olympic torch in vancouver, in canada. so, congratulations to you. >> thank you. >> heading off very soon. >> thank you. >> you look fantastic. >> thank you very much. >> the book is "cutting myself
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in half" taylor l
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>> announcer: "the toyota concert series on today" brought to you by toyota. toyota, moving forward. and this morning on our
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"countdown to the golden globes," music. leona lewis is the singer of the title track of "avatar." it is one of the nominees also for best song in a motion picture. leon leona, good morning, congratulations. this is very exciting. how did you become involved in "avatar"? >> i was asked by the writers of the song to put my vocals on it, and then they played it for james cameron and they wanted to use it for the film. >> it's nice. >> very nice. another one of your songs, "happy," off your album "echo" is on the trailer for "precious," which is also up for a golden globe. so this is a very exciting time for you. >> yes. it's amazing. i was actually influenced by the film as i was writing the album, so to go on and have the soundtrack is amazing for me. >> are you going to go to the awards on sunday night? >> yeah, i'm really looking forward to it. >> congratulations and good luck to you. ladies and gentlemen, leona lewis. >> thank you. ♪
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♪ walking through a dream, i see you, my light in darkness breathing hope of new life ♪ ♪ now i live through you and you through me enchanted, i pray in my heart that this dream never ends ♪ ♪ i see me through your eyes, living through life flying high ♪ ♪ your life shines a way into paradise, so i offer my life as a sacrifice ♪
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♪ i live through your love ♪ you teach me how to see all that's beautiful, my senses touch your world i never pictured ♪ ♪ now i give my hope to you, i surrender ♪ ♪ i pray in my heart that this world never ends ♪ ♪ i see me through your eyes, living through life flying high ♪ ♪ your love shines the way into paradise, so i offer my life, i
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offer my love for you ♪ ♪ when my heart was never open and my spirit never free to the world you have shown me ♪ ♪ but my eyes could not division all the colors of love and of life ever more, ever more ♪ ♪ i see me through your eyes, i see me through your eyes ♪ ♪ living through life flying high, flying high ♪ ♪ your love shines the way into paradise, so i offer my life as
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a sacrifice ♪ ♪ i live through your love, live through your life, i see you ♪ ♪ [ applause ] >> leona lewis, thank you very much. we'll see if that song takes home a statue. be sure to watch the golden globes live on sunday night at 8:00/7:00 central right here on nbc. much more ahead on a thursday morning after your local news and weather. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara.
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>> let's look at the forecast with tony pann. >> things it should be quiet today. after cold start, things will push into the mid-40s. you will see plenty of sunshine. sunset coming up at 5:07. upper 40's to around 50 degrees
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on friday. we close down the workweek and get a little bit cooler over the weekend. a good chance for rain coming in by sunday afternoon into sunday night. this storm will be mostly rain. this storm will be mostly rain.
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